Sara Wise

Summing Up 2017 With 17 Graphics
Roll Call’s data reporters spent the year breaking down the breaking news

After one of the most politically charged presidential campaigns in many Americans’ lifetimes, a new administration swept into town at the beginning of 2017, and the Roll Call graphics team got to work reporting, investigating and explaining the new Washington.

As we all close the books on 2017, Roll Call dug through our work and put together a year in review, starting at the beginning:

47 Images of the Wild Ride That Was 2017 in Congress
The year in photos as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

With 2017 coming to a close, Roll Call sorted through its photo archive for some of our best images of the year.

David Hawkings’ Whiteboard: How Two Bills Become One Law
 

Members of the House and Senate will be going to conference committee to iron out the many differences between the two chambers’ tax bills. However, this means of hashing things out is divergent from the norm. Roll Call senior editor David Hawkings explains the various means Congress has used to reconcile disagreements between House and Senate versions of a bill....
Primary Primer: Your Guide to the 2018 Midterms
Roll Call Decoder 

Election Day 2018 — when the question of which party will control Congress — is one year out on Nov. 6. While midterm elections don’t get as many voters or as much media attention as presidential ones, these congressional races are important too. Roll Call senior editor David Hawkings has a reminder on how these biennial elections work....
Photos of the Week: Costumed Dogs and Taxes, Taxes, Taxes
The week of Oct. 30 as captured by Roll Call's photographers

A busy Halloween day brought a parade of dogs as well as representatives of Twitter, Facebook and Google to the Capitol on Tuesday.

A North Korean defector joined a hearing of the Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday. And Thursday, the Republican tax overhaul proposal was unveiled.

Search For Where All 533 Members of Congress Stand on Bump Stocks
Legislation comes to a halt along partisan lines

Updated Oct. 31 at 12:35 p.m. | In the wake of the Oct. 1 Las Vegas shooting — the deadliest in U.S. history — lawmakers from both parties were quick to call for a review of the bump stock attachments found on 12 of the rifles in the gunman's hotel room.

Most lawmakers have signaled they support more strictly regulating the devices. But GOP and Democratic leaders diverge on whether the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) already has the authority under current gun laws to regulate them.

What’s Congress’ Role in the Russia Investigation? One Senator Explains
 

Before eating lunch at Kenny’s BBQ Smokehouse near Capitol Hill, Maine Sen. Angus King broke down the major points of the ongoing Russia investigation for Roll Call’s senior Senate reporter Niels Lesniewski. ...
The Status of Guns in the U.S. — in 3 Charts
At least 58 killed in Sunday’s Las Vegas shooting

A gunman began firing on Sunday in Las Vegas on a country music festival. At publication time, at least 58 people were dead and over 500 were estimated to be injured in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

Here’s a series of charts depicting the status of guns in America:

Three Things to Watch This SCOTUS Session
 

With the nation’s highest court gearing up for its first full session in two years with nine justices, they’re taking on bigger and more politically charged cases. CQ Legal Affairs reporter Todd Ruger has a look ahead to the court’s session and the big themes he’ll be watching as the year gets underway....